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Review of Union Pacific Steam - Volume 1 8444 & 3985 DVD

This unique video features both big mainline engines, Union Pacific 4-8-4 #8444, and Challenger type articulated 4-6-6-4 #3985. First we take you to Cheyenne for a 1987 Cheyenne to Laramie run of 3985 over Sherman Hill. This photo special is designed for a maximum number of photostops and runbys. 3985 is the largest operational steam locomotive in the World. Next we are back for another series of trips in 1988 as 3985 again runs over famous Sherman Hill. In this video, we get to ride the cab with engineer Steve Lee and Fireman Bob Krieger as we top Sherman Hill westbound, and roar into Hermosa Tunnel creating an unforgettable sight of sparks flying into the cab (this was one of the last runs as a coal-burner, before converted to burn oil).

The second part of our tape consists of 4-8-4 8444 in 1989 which is first shown running side-by-side with 4449 entering Los Angeles, then a few days later climbing Cajon pass along side 4449 again. Then we shift the scene to Portland, Oregon as 844

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
4 Star Very Good
3 Star Good
2 Star Fair
1 Star Poor

The rest is optional but appreciated.

In your opinion, how was the narration level? There was no narration.
Just enough.
Could have used more.
A little too much.
Way too much.
Narration can be turned off.

Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)? Poor.
A little rough around the edges.

How would you rate the VALUE of this video? Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Good value.
Excellent value!

Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others? Definitely not!
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
A "Must Have"!

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